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Screamfest 2017 presents the Golden Skully Award Winners





Marianne Maddalena Honored with Career Achievement Award

Photo: Ernie Trinidad

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2017 – America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded this year’s top movies, filmmakers and actors Thursday during the fest’s closing night. Screamfest, which ran from Oct. 10 - 19, 2017 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to horror film enthusiasts and general audiences.

Tigers Are Not Afraid / Photo: Videocine

As voted on by a jury panel, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID received the most awards of the night with five: Best Picture, Best Director - Issa López, Best Actor - Juan Ramón López, Best Actress - Paola Lara and Best Editing - Joaquim Marti. THE LAPACE’S DEMON received four awards for Best Musical Score by Duccio Giulivi, Best Visual FX by Giordano Giulivi and Alessandro Zonfrilli, Best Special FX by Giordano Giulivi and Best Cinematography by Ferdinando D'Urbano.

The Laplace's Demon / Photo: Astrolab Pictures

The closing night’s ceremony also honored Marianne Maddalena with a Career Achievement Award. A film and television producer, she often collaborated with prolific genre filmmaker Wes Craven.

Comprehensive List of Screamfest 2017 Winners:

Best Picture – Tigers Are Not Afraid

Best Horror Comedy – Dead Ant

Best Director - Issa López – Tigers Are Not Afraid

Best Actor – Juan Ramón López – Tigers Are Not Afraid

Best Actress – Paola Lara – Tigers Are Not Afraid

Career Achievement Award – Marianne Maddalena

Best Musical Score – Duccio Giulivi - The Laplace’s Demon

Best Editing – Joaquim Marti - Tigers Are Not Afraid

Best Visual FX - Giordano Giulivi & Alessandro Zonfrilli - The Laplace’s Demon

Best Special FX Giordano Giulivi - The Laplace’s Demon

Best Cinematography – Ferdinando D'Urbano - The Laplace’s Demon

Best Makeup – Creature Effects - Tragedy Girls

Best Short – Holy Fatma - Please Love Me Forever

Best Unproduced Screenplay – U-666 by Jacqueline Perez

Tragedy Girls / Photo: Gunpowder & Sky

Screamfest is sponsored by Shock Top, Birns & Sawyer, European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, Dapper Cadaver,, InkTip, Elma, Horror Pack,, Screen Queensland and Simple DCP. Screamfest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Screamfest is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.


Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY,” “30 DAYS OF NIGHT,” “TRICK R' TREAT” and “THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE.” For more information, visit or email

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